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    Chinese Eating Habit

    Chinese Eating Habit

    Do you accept playing "chopsticks war" on the table ?

    All people sharing the same plate of food
    ( with or without using "common" chopsticks )
    I cannot accept both cases.

    Is this eating habit exclusive to Chinese only ?

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    I lived in Kashmir for a few years, ages ago. It was common in local Muslim community dinners to see 4 or 5 people sitting at a large common plate ("thali") laden with rice, with portions of accompaniments (rogan josh, rishta meat balls, veggies, etc.) placed on the rice in front of each diner (this was done by other people from serving vessels with ladels/spoons). The diners would eat with their hands straight from that large common rice plate, even sharing morsels of accompaniments with others.

    For non-local invitees leery about this, they'd get them their own plates and serve them separately - no hang ups about this.

    I'm told this is common in the Middle East as well, with even larger numbers of people at a plate (can't imagine the size of those plates then).

    Re Chinese chopsticks eating, it's more common for people to serve themselves with their own chopsticks rather than eating straight from the same plate. SARS caused a good bit of self-questioning about this (as being conducive to spread of flu, hepatitis, etc), and it's more common now to see central serving chopsticks now - don't know if it's a short-lived change. Don't know what shortcoming you'd find in those, Vrindavan.

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    >> All people sharing the same plate of food

    Fairly common in many cultures which have their origins as nomads ...

    So, whats the next wind up attempt?

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    'So, whats the next wind up attempt?'

    What are you going on about KIA?

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    All people sharing the same plate of food<
    It can be a lot of fun depending who the other person is/are

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    >> Don't know what shortcoming you'd find in those

    simply it is not hygienic to me,
    i prefer buffet style or just eat
    my own plate of food.

    >> depending who the other person is/are

    he/she must be very closed to me.

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    >> What are you going on about KIA?

    Troll attempts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vrindavan
    simply it is not hygienic to me,
    That's why I don't like talking to people - breathing the same air. Must go and clean my keyboard now. I can see the germs watching me.

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    >> I don't like talking to people

    certainly for saliva spray on my face when someone talk

    >> breathing the same air

    one or more smokers sit close to you
    in an air-conditioning bus

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    'Troll attempts'

    Don't know what you mean???

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